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Interlocking concrete pavement software gets an update

Permeable Design Pro Software v2.0, originally released by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) in 2008, has been updated to include computer-aided design (CAD) design output. The program is able to generate permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) cross-section drawings with base and subbase thicknesses. Additionally, solutions for stormwater management in pedestrian areas, parking lots, and streets can be evaluated. Based on the information submitted by the user, outputs can include an underdrain, geotextile, and impermeable …

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Tall building resource published

Best Tall Buildings: A Global Overview of 2014 Skyscrapers showcases the most notable tall buildings constructed around the world last year. The book features buildings with innovative designs and integrated sustainable elements. Additionally, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s (CTBUH’s) annual awards process is documented within the publication. The award for Best Tall Building Worldwide is chosen from one of four regional champions, with winners of the Urban Habitat Award, CTBUH Innovation Award, …

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New management program for construction professionals released

ARC Document Solutions has released SkySite—a cloud-based document management software for architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals. With the file-sharing program, users can manage, distribute, and collaborate on documents from both mobile and desktop devices. Additional features include document synchronization, real-time mark-up capabilities, enhanced security, and activity-tracking. SkySite can also be integrated with ARC service centres for further end-to-end document management, digital hardcopy conversion, and uploading. For more information, visit www.skysiteproject.com.

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Sustainable kitchen and bathroom guide available

Kitchens in typical households use the bulk of energy. When combined and with bathrooms, they also consume an average of 1140 L (300 gal) of water daily. Published by Wiley, the U.S. National Kitchen and Bath Association’s (NKBA’s) Kitchen & Bath Sustainable Design is a manual to greening these rooms, both for new construction and remodelling projects. Case studies of various projects demonstrate design strategies for energy efficiency, water consumption, and environmental impact, while also …

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PCA updated publications released

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) is offering the updated, fourth edition of two free publications on reinforced concrete design. Available on PCA’s website Simplified Design of Concrete Buildings and Notes on American Concrete Institute (ACI) Building Codes have been revised according to ACI 318-11, Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete and Commentary codes. The guides include information on how-to methods for reinforced concrete buildings for educators, contractors, manufacturers, and design professionals. Visit www.cement.org

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Eco-Architecture 2014 presentation guide available

Published by WIT Press, Eco-Architecture V: Harmonisation between Architecture and Nature, contains papers of presentations presented at the fifth International Conference on Harmonisation between Architecture and Nature (Eco-Architecture 2014). It is the latest in a series organized by the Wessex Institute, and held in association with the University of Siena. The goal of the conference, and as a result this book, was to demonstrate the design process should aim for sustainable solutions through the adaptation …

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